Category Archive: Picture Books

The Season of Love: Appreciating Our Families, Our Communities, Our Selves

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Every holiday seems to have a feeling attached to it. We feel gratitude on Thanksgiving Day, sorrow on Memorial Day, and pride for our military on Veterans Day. St. Patrick’s Day is for… Continue reading

It was a Book before it was a Movie

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Books allow us to go beyond the movie, to dig deeper with more details shared by the author. They also give readers more opportunities to use their imaginations.

Diversity in Picture Books: Guest Post by Hena Khan

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We are excited to offer a guest post from Hena Khan about her Muslim-themed picture books. At Mackin we were thrilled at her use of colors to explain aspects of Muslim culture when… Continue reading

Telling Stories with No Words (or just a few words)

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“I love big books and I cannot lie.” This quote can be found on t-shirts, mugs, bags, and bumper stickers, and it is so true for me. When I search for books at… Continue reading

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

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Goodbye Brings Hello : A Book of Firsts by Dianne White (ill. by Daniel Wiseman). 9780544798755. 2018. Gr PK-2. Yes, I do realize that for most of our readers, school has just finished… Continue reading

Summer is (almost) here again!

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For many, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of summer. It is an exciting, energy filled couple of weeks for students and teachers still in school. When I taught, it was the… Continue reading

Simple Acts of Kindness in Picture Books

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As adults, we struggle with how we can make a difference in the world. Think how much more helpless young children feel. The picture books below teach that kindness begins at home and… Continue reading

How Great Books Can Foster Students’ Voices

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Many students across the county have recently demonstrated to the world that teenagers have the power to use their intelligence, passion, and voice to bring attention to issues important to them and to… Continue reading

Story In Verse: Poetic Form & Fiction

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Narrative Poet, Teller of tales within verse. A heartbeat’s snapshot. With National Poetry Month just around the corner, reading and writing poetry has been on my mind lately. Humans have been telling stories in… Continue reading

Black Characters in New Fiction

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Every February, we celebrate the achievements of men and women such as Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Octavia E. Butler, and Rosa Parks. Most of the lists that I’ve made… Continue reading